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Sri Lanka vs South Africa - 2nd ODI

Series: South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2018
Venue: Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla
Date & Time: 01 August 2018

South Africa 246/6 (42.5 Ovs) RR: 5.74 | South Africa won by 4 wkts


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Quinton de Kock c Lakmal & b Rajithac Lakmal & b Rajitha8778131
Hashim Amla c Dananjaya & b Dananjayac Dananjaya & b Dananjaya434360
Aiden Markram c Kusal Perera & b Dananjayac Kusal Perera & b Dananjaya31100
Faf du Plessis c Dananjaya & b Dananjayac Dananjaya & b Dananjaya494132
Jean-Paul Duminy c Kusal Mendis & b Thisara Pererac Kusal Mendis & b Thisara Perera322911
David Miller c Kusal Mendis & b Lakmalc Kusal Mendis & b Lakmal3500
Willem Mulder Not OutNot Out193110
Andile Phehlukwayo Not OutNot Out71910
Kagiso Rabada dnbdnb0000
Tabraiz Shamsi dnbdnb0000
Lungi Ngidi dnbdnb0000
Extras 3 (b 0, lb 0, w 3, nb 0)
Total 246 (6 Wkts, 42.5 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
91-1 (Hashim Amla,13.6), 109-2 (Aiden Markram,17.2), 162-3 (Quinton de Kock,26.3), 195-4 (Faf du Plessis,31.2), 198-5 (David Miller,32.1), 231-6 (Jean-Paul Duminy,38.3),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Suranga Lakmal7 0 39 1 5.57
Kasun Rajitha5.5 0 44 1 8.00
Akila Dananjaya10 0 60 3 6.00
Thisara Perera7 0 34 1 4.86
Prabath Jayasuriya10 0 53 0 5.30
Shehan Jayasuriya3 0 16 0 5.33
Niroshan Dickwella0 0 0 0 0
Upul Tharanga0 0 0 0 0
Kusal Mendis0 0 0 0 0
Kusal Perera0 0 0 0 0
Angelo Mathews0 0 0 0 0


That's a wrap to our coverage of this game. Sri Lanka have issues, losing isn't a problem but losing 27 of your last 36 games certainly is. A mini calamity of sorts and they'll need to find answers soon as they cannot afford another loss in the series. SA will be pumped and shall look to continue their dominance. Hope you enjoyed our coverage, for now switch tabs to enjoy the India-England Test match. Until next time, this is Hariprasad Sadanandan signing off on behalf of Sagar Chawla and our scorer Siva. Cheers!

Du Plessis, SA captain: (On change in fortune in the ODI series) We are always renowned for fighting back. These conditions are more in favor of the home team, today was trickier but we adapted well. Was a decent surface, an ideal One-Day wicket that stayed almost the same till the end. We did well to be positive early and not to chase the game against their spinners. That's the thing we did well. Excellent bowling performance, seemed like Sri Lanka would get 280-300 but we kept getting wickets. We kept pulling it back even with them having a set batsmen. Plans were good and the execution was great. Not sure really, not thinking too much about it, just trying to be positive. Feeling good about the way I am batting and the big runs will come. Feeling like I am able to put pressure on the bowlers.

Mathews, SL captain: We give away too many wickets upfront and were always playing catch up since then. Never got going at all with the bat. Unfortunately, we didn't hold onto the catches as well because you need to take those when you are defending such a score. We were terrible in the field today. The bowlers did fairly well but we didn't field properly. Need to put it aside and move forward. He (Dickwella) has gone for a scan and should be okay I guess. (On Dananjaya's good form) Brilliant to see him do well, there are some positives and we can still stay alive in the series if we win the next game. (On his personal form) Yes, good to get runs but my hands were tied with those wickets falling, couldn't really press on as I would have wanted to. Yeah, my back is fine.

De Kock, Man of the Match: (On the change in fortunes for him) I think it's just spinning less in the ODIs and it's helping us. In the Tests, we were working to counter the spinners and it's good to see the hard work paying off. The last two months have been difficult, the excessive turn has been challenging. Anywhere in the sub-continent is always a challenge. I think the pitch played the same throughout, maybe spun a bit but mostly stayed good which is nice for the game.

21:59 Local Time: Another convincing win in the end for South Africa. 245 wasn't a threatening total but the Lankans definitely had a respectable score, considering the sluggish pitch. However, the first 15 overs of the chase saw some shambolic fielding and catching from the hosts with both de Kock and Amla dropped once each. You cannot afford to make such blunders and the duo put the South Africans in control with a fine opening stand. Amla couldn't convert the start but his partner smacked the bowling around and was unlucky to get out in the 80s. du Plessis too looked fluent though even he couldn't bat through. There was a slight hiccup at one point but Duminy and Mulder kept things in check to ensure that the visitors didn't implode. While the fielding was disastrous, Sri Lanka's bowling too looked toothless barring Dananjaya who shone again. He didn't get the required support.

Rajitha to Willem Mulder, FOUR, SA go 2-0 up! Slightly wide outside off and Mulder uses his reach to cream this on the up through cover-point. Timed it beautifully and it rocketed away to the fence. Commanding performance yet again from the Proteas
Rajitha to Willem Mulder, no run, extra bounce from a good length and Mulder is beaten on the outside edge as he tried the back foot punch
Rajitha to Phehlukwayo, 1 run, short ball and forces a top edge as Phehlukwayo cannot control the pull. Lobs over the vacant backward square leg region and they take a single. The second was on but Willem Mulder isn't interested
Rajitha to Phehlukwayo, no run, beaten! Walked down the track for the booming drive but couldn't connect. The winning moment is getting a bit delayed here
Rajitha to Willem Mulder, 1 run, back of a length angling into the pads, clipped down to fine leg

Kasun Rajitha [5.0-0-38-1] is back into the attack

Jayasuriya to Phehlukwayo, no run, fired into the blockhole, middle stump line and Phehlukwayo digs it out
Jayasuriya to Phehlukwayo, no run, lovely off break, spins away sharply to beat the outside edge
Jayasuriya to Phehlukwayo, no run, tries the reverse sweep and makes contact but finds short third man
Jayasuriya to Phehlukwayo, no run, a bit of turn from a flatter trajectory, Phehlukwayo overbalanced on the drive and got beaten. Luckily he didn't go out of the crease
Jayasuriya to Willem Mulder, 1 run, slower one, on a length and forced towards long-on
Jayasuriya to Willem Mulder, no run, flatter one around middle and leg, punched off the back foot towards long-on

Shehan Jayasuriya [2.0-0-15-0] is back into the attack

Perera to Phehlukwayo, no run, angling in from a shorter length, tucked off the back foot towards the leg-side
Perera to Phehlukwayo, no run, that looked funny, Phehlukwayo wanted to slash it away on the off-side and got himself into a tangle. Chopped to cover
Perera to Phehlukwayo, no run, tailing in a bit from a good length, Phehlukwayo tries to block and gets an inside edge towards mid-wicket
Perera to Phehlukwayo, no run, tries to force the drive off the front foot but doesn't get the timing right. Finds extra cover
Perera to Phehlukwayo, no run, on a length outside off, driven off the front foot towards mid-off
Perera to Willem Mulder, 1 run, back of a length outside off, punched off the back foot to sweeper cover

Just 7 needed now. Could be done with in this over.

P Jayasuriya to Phehlukwayo, no run, fuller and spinning in from around leg, thuds into the pad as Phehlukwayo misses the flick
P Jayasuriya to Phehlukwayo, FOUR, innovative from Phehlukwayo and he finds the fence. SA inch closer. Went for the reverse sweep and got it past backward point who went in the wrong direction and couldn't react in time
P Jayasuriya to Phehlukwayo, no run, the arm ball that fizzes off the pitch, Phehlukwayo squirts an outside edge on the back foot defence, towards backward point
P Jayasuriya to Phehlukwayo, no run, charges down the pitch but the length is too full and he jams it to cover
P Jayasuriya to Phehlukwayo, no run, mild LBW appeal, this is missing leg though. Spun back into Phehlukwayo and pinged him high on the thigh pad
P Jayasuriya to Willem Mulder, 1 run, slightly short and Mulder rocks back in a jiffy to cut it away behind point
Perera to Phehlukwayo, 2 runs, in the air but past a diving backward point fielder. Short of a length outside off, Phehlukwayo sliced the back foot punch behind square on the off-side and they get a brace. A better throw at the keeper's end could have had Phehlukwayo in trouble
Perera to Phehlukwayo, no run, fuller and outside off, pushed off the front foot towards the off-side

Regarding that LBW appeal last over against Willem Mulder, HawkEye shows Three Reds! Imagine if that was given, it would have been 7 down now and more pressure.

Perera to Phehlukwayo, no run, on a good length around off, Phehlukwayo gets forward and blocks it well

Andile Phehlukwayo, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Perera to Duminy, out Caught by Kusal Mendis!! Got him, yes gone! 150th ODI wicket for Perera! I spoke too soon about Duminy, he's gone playing a rash stroke. Gave charge and made room for the booming drive but could only hit it uppishly straight to cover where Mendis grabs a sharp take. Just when this game seemed like it was heading back to a formality, a spark of excitement is back again. Still SA's game of course but cricket is a funny game, ain't it? Duminy c Kusal Mendis b Perera 32(29) [4s-1 6s-1]

Perera to Duminy, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Perera to Duminy, FOUR, swatted away! Duminy has been refreshing to watch this series, extremely positive and using his experience to good use. Picked the slower one early and though it kept a bit low, he adjusted to crash the pull through square leg
Perera to Duminy, 2 runs, shortish length, tucked away behind square on the leg-side and they race back for the second
P Jayasuriya to Willem Mulder, no run, excited appeal for LBW but it's denied by the umpire. Looked close in real time, SL don't have a review to challenge it. This was very full, around middle and Mulder got pinged on the pad as he missed the flick. Considering that Jayasuriya doesn't turn it much, looked plumb to me
P Jayasuriya to Willem Mulder, no run, slightly wider this time, Mulder went for the cut and got a fat bottom edge
P Jayasuriya to Willem Mulder, no run, more flight, very full this time and squeezed back to the bowler
P Jayasuriya to Willem Mulder, no run, walks down the pitch but the length isn't there for the big shot. Adjusts to smother it off the inside half of the blade
P Jayasuriya to Willem Mulder, no run, tossed up and inviting the drive, Mulder stokes it to extra cover
P Jayasuriya to Duminy, 1 run, a bit of flight and Duminy slog sweeps it hard to deep mid-wicket
Perera to Willem Mulder, no run, back of a length around middle, Mulder sits back and punches it towards Perera who gets a hand on it
Perera to Willem Mulder, no run, good length, angling into Mulder who defends solidly from the crease
Perera to Duminy, 1 run, more of the shortish length, Duminy is happy to get the singles. Dabbed to third man
Perera to Willem Mulder, 1 run, short ball around off, Mulder swivels to pull it down to fine leg


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